HI-TECH NEWS with #2015 hashtag

Innovation and evolution are key topics at this year’s events. The financial landscape is changing, online business grows and flourishes, design, hospitality and interior communities meet and exchange ideas. 

Here is a short list of key business events taking place in May in Dubai.

Those times when the UAE was considered just a touristic attraction are already history, as, over the past years, it turned into a leading regional hub for IT and telecommunication trade, thanks to its position as an excellent platform for top tier tech companies from all over the world. After all, the numerous global technology-oriented events that were organized here are the best proof of the country’s progress!

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UAE Toughens Penalties for Drivers Using MobilesAccording to Dubai’s traffic police the existing penaltiy for driving while using mobile phones is not harsh enough. The current penalty is going to be increased in five times. Moreover the vehicle will be confiscated for a month. As traffic violation will be considered not only talking by mobile phones, texting or taking selfies but also using mobiles while even stopping at traffic lights.

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LG’s updated webOS 3.0 platform for smart televisions

The year 2015 is drawing to a close and the announcements of technological advancements in the kitty of the future have started trickling down to this year. Korea LG has announced (much like a New Year resolution!) that it will soon launch its updated webOS 3.0 platform for smart televisions.

The platform it is reported, boasts of introducing three new primary features:

- Magic Zoom

- An upgraded magic remote, and

- Magic Mobile

While, the Magic Zoom feature gives the users an ability to enlarge letters and objects on the screen without experiencing any noticeable degradation in image quality, the improved Magic Remote tool offers the ability to control DVR functions, adding ‘power’ and ‘menu’ button options.

But Magic Mobile is the thing that you would really like to enjoy and that is letting the users of LG smart television to connect their mobile phones to the television, using the LG TV Plus app. Once you get connected, the television screen will become a projection screen as you will be able to view your mobile apps directly on the screen of the television. 

This is not. There is much more in the kitty. Apart from these three features, the new webOS will also include features like Channel Advisor and Channel Plus. It is to be noted that Channel Advisor monitors your viewing habits and notifies you of upcoming programming you may like, and Channel Plus combines broadcast and digital content viewing options and offers free digital content from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Politics, Time and Condé Nast Entertainment.

The updated webOS does seem to be exciting but it is too soon to comment if it will give a tough competition to established rivals like Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Roku. Whatever may be the case, it is the consumers who always gain something or the other. 

 
Internet of Things World Forum III - A Success

Cisco made an announcement that the 3rd Internet of Things World Forum 2015, which took place in Dubai, with over 2000 people attending, was a resounding success.

The Forum emphasized on 3 themes, with keynotes by industry experts and leaders: 

  • Awaken – focusing on showing business consumers the advantage of IoT in their companies
  • Activate – planning IoT studies and practices by analyzing regional customer case studies
  • Accelerate – increasing the rate of industry advancement using developers and service providers 

Rabih Dabboussi, GM of Cisco UAE, said that it was clear to him that the IoT and innovation in the industry were changing society already. He described the atmosphere as exciting, inspiring and revealing.

Over 25 customers talked about the IoT. Attendees experienced the development of Dubai’s education, healthcare and transport systems hands-on. This included a bus tour to the design district to view the advances in technology and communication, in which the Chairman of the Cisco board John Chambers met with leaders of the country, media and customers in order to speak about the opportunities IoT creates.

Additional events in the forum included: 

  • Research and Innovation Symposium – speeches by scholars, tech researchers and great minds about the IoT and its possibilities.
  • Hackathon – coding competition and learning session
  • Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge – 15 startups competing for $250,000 in cash by presenting their innovative new solutions before the closing ceremony. 

The closing ceremony celebrated the Forum’s success as well as the winners of the sub-events in the forum.

The launch of German fusion reactor

German fusion reactor Wendelstein 7-X, belonging to the class of stellarators, is to be launched for the first time on December 10, 2015. This decision became feasible after receiving a special permission from the German regulatory authorities. This was reported on the website of German newspaper Die Welt.

The testing of the reactor will be started with the obtaining helium plasma inside it. The plasma is planned to be hold at equilibrium state for about 1-2 sec. The same testing with hydrogen plasma will take place at the end of January, 2016. Choosing helium for this launch is caused by the fact that it is relatively much more easy to transfer it into plasma state, rather then hydrogen.

While the first phase of testing itself, scientists are going to check the work of the reactor's systems and make some troubleshooting. Upon successful completion of the second phase of the experiment, the researchers expect to keep hydrogen plasma on Wendelstein 7-X within ten seconds. The ultimate aim of the physics is to see plasma confinement for 30 minutes.

The construction and conduction of the stellarator Wendelstein 7-X is carried out by Max Planck Institute for Physics of plasma. The reactor is located in the town of Greifswald in northern Germany. The building of the installation began in 2005 and lasted till 2014. The cost of the construction exceeds 370 million euros.

Stellarator Wendelstein 7-X consists of 70 superconducting coils weighing more than 725 tons, capable of creating a magnetic field that keeps the plasma with a temperature of up to one hundred million degrees Celsius (this is seven times higher than the temperature in the center of the solar core).

Today in the world there are only two promising projects of fusion reactors: the tokamak and the stellarator. In both of them plasma is confined by the magnetic field. In the tokamak it has the shape of a toroidal cord through which electric current is passed, and in the stellarator magnetic field is induced by external coils.

In fusion reactors, synthesis formation of heavy elements from the lighter ones (helium from hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium e.g., ) occurs, in contrast to the conventional nuclear reactors, where the process of decay of heavy nuclei into lighter ones take place.

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RTEX (Robotic Technology Exhibition) is coming to Dubai on 29th of September 2015

What to expect: exhibition, seminars, workshops and competition of all sorts of robots and drones.

Duration: 3 days (29 September - 01 October 2015

Location: he Meydan Hotel, Meydan Racecourse, Dubai. Location on google map: 

https://www.google.ae/maps/place/The+Meydan+Hotel/@25.157521,55.301785,17z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x3e5f688c5516ea0f:0x44800f32689f57e2?hl=en

Tickets available at: www.rt-exhibition.com